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  • 05/27/2022 5:48 PM | Anonymous

    Rip Current Rescue - United States

    Dramatic stories of Rip Current rescues, survival, and real-life heroes.

    Rip Currents are America’s greatest beach hazard. Every summer these dangerous currents are responsible for up to 80% of all beach rescues and dozens of deaths every year.

    Filmed across the nation’s most popular beaches, Rip Current Rescue features incredible stories of survival captured on camera.

    Dramatic scenes from the frontlines of U.S beach safety as first responders keep the public safe from these deadly currents.

    Rip Current Rescue also reveals why the Great Lakes are a hotspot for rip current drownings – despite being hundreds of miles from an ocean.

    Rip Current Rescue takes you beneath the water’s surface following leading scientist Doctor Rob Brander as he unlocks the secrets of how rips operate.

    Rip Current Rescue. America’s first documentary on rip current survival. Compelling stories to help you understand rip currents, to know how to spot them, and what to do if you ever find yourself in the grip of a rip.

  • 05/27/2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    USLA Family,

    This weekend kicks off the heaviest part of the year for many of our agencies. Whether you are a guard, junior lifeguard, sponsor, volunteer, or support in other ways, we know these are difficult times for many agencies, and know you are doing your best to do your part for our shared mission of preventing drownings and supporting our lifeguards and lifeguard agencies.

    USLA is pleased to announce that we have partnered in the production of America's first rip current documentary special, "Rip Current Rescue", with a dedicated study guide focusing on rip current science, safety, and survival strategies. It can be found on Vimeo and a portion of the proceeds go to USLA. It was also just released on PBS. The high-quality companion study guide can be found at Hopefully this most recent USLA product will be of help as you train lifeguards and educate them about rip currents, the number one hazard to beachgoers.

    Good luck to you during the challenges ahead, and know that your USLA family has your back, and is working to provide tools and training to assist you in the important work of ensuring our nation's millions of beachgoers are safe.

    Be safe,

    Peter Davis
    United States Lifesaving Association

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